Scour Scour (skour), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Scoured}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Scouring}.] [Akin to LG. sch["u]ren, D. schuren, schueren, G. scheuern, Dan. skure; Sw. skura; all possibly fr. LL. escurare, fr. L. ex + curare to take care. Cf. {Cure}.] 1. To rub hard with something rough, as sand or Bristol brick, especially for the purpose of cleaning; to clean by friction; to make clean or bright; to cleanse from grease, dirt, etc., as articles of dress. [1913 Webster]

2. To purge; as, to scour a horse. [1913 Webster]

3. To remove by rubbing or cleansing; to sweep along or off; to carry away or remove, as by a current of water; -- often with off or away. [1913 Webster]

[I will] stain my favors in a bloody mask, Which, washed away, shall scour my shame with it. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. [Perhaps a different word; cf. OF. escorre, escourre, It. scorrere, both fr. L. excurrere to run forth. Cf. {Excursion}.] To pass swiftly over; to brush along; to traverse or search thoroughly; as, to scour the coast. [1913 Webster]

Not so when swift Camilla scours the plain. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

5. To cleanse or clear, as by a current of water; to flush.

If my neighbor ought to scour a ditch. --Blackstone. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{Scouring barrel}, a tumbling barrel. See under {Tumbling}.

{Scouring cinder} (Metal.), a basic slag, which attacks the lining of a shaft furnace. --Raymond.

{Scouring rush}. (Bot.) See {Dutch rush}, under {Dutch}.

{Scouring stock} (Woolen Manuf.), a kind of fulling mill. [1913 Webster]

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  • scoured — [ skurɛd ] n. m. • 1875; mot angl., de to scour « laver » ♦ Anglic. Techn. Laine lavée directement sur le dos du mouton, avant la tonte (SYN. laine lavée à dos). ● scoured nom masculin (anglais scoured, de to scour, laver) Laine lavée directement …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • scoured — un·scoured; …   English syllables

  • scoured — skaÊŠÉ™(r) n. act of scrubbing; act of rubbing with an abrasive material; act of thoroughly searching an area; diarrhea (Veterinary Med.) v. scrub; rub with an abrasive material; search an area thoroughly …   English contemporary dictionary

  • scoured — coursed …   Anagrams dictionary

  • scoured — adjective worn away as by water or ice or wind (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑eroded • Similar to: ↑worn …   Useful english dictionary

  • scoured wool — /skaʊəd ˈwʊl/ (say skowuhd wool) noun wool that has been washed to remove impurities such as grease and dirt …   Australian English dictionary

  • scoured wool — Wool cleaned and freed of dirt and grease; an agricultural commodity exempted from the general coverage of the Federal Motor Carrier Act. Interstate Commerce Com. v Wagner (DC Tenn) 112 F Supp 109 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • un|scoured — «uhn SKOWRD», adjective. not scoured; not cleaned by rubbing: »an unscoured sink …   Useful english dictionary

  • ice-scoured — /uys skoweurd , skow euhrd/, adj. Physical Geog. noting an area having surface features resulting from scouring by an advancing ice sheet during glaciation. [1935 40] * * * …   Universalium

  • ice-scoured area — /ˌaɪs skaʊəd ˈɛəriə/ (say .uys skowuhd airreeuh) noun an area having surface features resulting from scouring by an advancing ice sheet during glaciation …   Australian English dictionary

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